RAF Cosford 11/09/2010

On the 11th September, we decided to go along to RAF Cosford to see the celebrations of the Battle Of Britain. It’s free to visit the museum, but currently you have to pay a parking fee – however there is plenty to see there and the new Cold War display is awesome! It is well worth a visit….

Alex besides a propeller!
Alex besides a propeller!

We saw Tony Pickering there, a former Second World War pilot and meber of The Few who was shot down in a Hurricane and flew Spitfire K4492 that is on display at Cosford!

Tony Pickering
Tony Pickering

Seen below is Spitfire K4492 that Tony Pickering actually flew. He was a very interesting speaker, and at 90 years young he’d also kept his sense of humour! He took part in a question and answer session and Alex managed to get his signature…

Spitfire MK1 K4492
Spitfire MK1 K4492

We then made our way outside to watch the Flypast of the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota. It made 3 nice low passes and although I’d have rather seen a Spitfire ot Hurricane it was still nice.

BBMF's Dakota Flypast
BBMF's Dakota Flypast

Sian took the chance to hold Poppy Sue whilst the Dakota flew over, so I had to take a picture of my 2 daughters 🙂

Sian and Poppy Sue!
Sian and Poppy Sue!

We then made our way over to see the running of two mighty Second World War piston engines from Rolls Royce.
The Griffon MK58 and Merlin MK24. They made a wonderful sound, and both ran for nearly 10 minutes!

Rolls Royce Griffon MK58 and Merlin MK24
Rolls Royce Griffon MK58 and Merlin MK24

We then finished off with a final look around the hangars, and then home! All in all, a great day out and not too expensive either! We would go again, especially if there’s a special event on like this!

Lightning F1
Lightning F1

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